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Helen Longino

Clarence Irving Lewis Professor in Philosophy

Bio
Helen Longino received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University in 1973. Her teaching and research interests are in philosophy of science, social epistemology, and feminist philosophy. In addition to many articles, Longino is the author of Science As Social Knowledge (Princeton University Press, 1990), The Fate of Knowledge (Princeton University Press, 2001) and Studying Human Behavior, a study of the relationship between logical, epistemological, and social aspects of behavioral research (University of Chicago Press, 2013). She is C. I. Lewis Professor in Philosophy at Stanford University and recently completed her term as President of the Philosophy of Science Association.
Academic Appointments: 
Professor, Philosophy
Honors and Awards: 
Doctor honoris causa, University of Turku School of Economics, Finland (May 13, 2016)
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (April, 2016 -)
Doctor honoris causa, Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (20 October, 2014)
Professional Organizations: 
First Vice President, Division of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy, International Union HPS (2016 - Present)
President, Philosophy of Science Association (2013 - 2014)
Research & Scholarship
Projects: 
Strengthening the Research Ecosystem for Sustainability Research in India, Stanford University
Title: 
Strengthening the Research Ecosystem for Sustainability Research in India
Detail: 

This interdisciplinary research project is prompted by the persistent neglect of environmental sustainability by nationally and regionally sponsored agricultural research programs designed to enhance food security in India. This project goes outside the usual sources of analysis and uses feminist philosophy of science to draw lessons and build capacities for the integration of climate policy with agriculture-food development policy in India. It analyses the environmental values and conceptualisations in science, development interventions and outcomes. The purpose is to demonstrate and enable climate-friendly problem statements and participatory knowledge-policy continuums in India’s agri-food system.
The project will have two main foci: a critical one and a constructive one. The critical task will be the examination of calls for research and other policy documents generated by national and regional bodies. The aim will be to identify how climate insensitivity gets built into research through its framing by calls for proposals. Our assumption is that when environmental sustainability is not incorporated explicitly into calls, the result is research that continues the same climate unfriendly practices. The questions, assumptions, spcifications of goals of applied research are all infused with values. The challenge is identifying those values and discerning how they are shaping the research that results. The constructive focus will be the articulation of research frameworks that simultaneously address food security and environmental sustainability. To this end, the principal investigators will conduct capacity building workshops with multiple constituencies, including policy makers, researchers, and NGOs, S&T write-shops, policy dialogues, and produce research publications. This process will focus on building anticipatory, responsive and reflective capacities within Block level S&T-policy-practice communities in two farming systems for climate friendly agricultural development.

Location

New Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, IndiaDr. Rajeswari Raina, National Institute for Science, Technology, and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi, India;

Collaborators

  • Rajeswari Raina, Dr., National Institute for Science, Technology, and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi, India
  • Vijay Shankar, Director, Samaj Prgati Sahyog (SPS), Madhya Pradesh, India
A Tool for Research on Emotion in Naturally Occurring Speech, Stanford University (10/1/2015 - 12/1/2016)
Title: 
A Tool for Research on Emotion in Naturally Occurring Speech
Detail: 

This NIH funded project seeks to develop a tool for research on emotion in naturally occurring speech. It will facilitate the search for objective indicators of emotional states in bio-behavioral data, specifically in speech collected in different settings where naturally occurring emotions can be seen. If bio-behavioral markers of emotion could be found, researchers would have the basis for investigating emotions in both normal mental functioning and in a wide range of mental disorders. The proposed tool will integrate acoustic and language analysis and provide ways specifically to study emotions of people in interaction.

Location

Stanfrd University, Stanford, CA

Teaching
Courses Taught: 
Academic Year: 
2016-17
Courses: 
Feminist Theories and Methods Across the Disciplines
FEMGEN 103, FEMGEN 203, PHIL 153, PHIL 253 (Win)
Philosophy of Biology
PHIL 167A, PHIL 267A (Win)
Independent Study Courses: 
Directed Reading
FEMGEN 195 (Spr)
Graduate Independent Study
MTL 398 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Individual Work for Graduate Students
PHIL 240 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Individual Work, Undergraduate
PHIL 197 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Qualifying Paper
MTL 390 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Reading for Orals
MTL 399 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Tutorial, Senior Year
PHIL 196 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Academic Year: 
2015-16
Courses: 
Feminist Theories and Methods Across the Disciplines
FEMGEN 103, FEMGEN 203, PHIL 153, PHIL 253 (Spr)
The Literature and Philosophy of Place
OSPSANTG 28, PHIL 28 (Aut)
Independent Study Courses: 
Directed Reading
FEMGEN 195 (Spr)
Directed Reading A
OSPSANTG 199A (Aut)
Graduate Independent Study
MTL 398 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Individual Work for Graduate Students
PHIL 240 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Individual Work, Undergraduate
PHIL 197 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Qualifying Paper
MTL 390 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Reading for Orals
MTL 399 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Tutorial, Senior Year
PHIL 196 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Academic Year: 
2014-15
Courses: 
Feminist Theories and Methods Across the Disciplines
FEMGEN 103, FEMGEN 203, PHIL 153, PHIL 253 (Win)
Narrative Knowing
HISTORY 344, PHIL 344 (Aut)
Philosophy, Biology, and Behavior
PHIL 167B, PHIL 267B (Win)
Independent Study Courses: 
Directed Reading
FEMGEN 195 (Spr)
Graduate Independent Study
MTL 398 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Individual Work for Graduate Students
PHIL 240 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Individual Work, Undergraduate
PHIL 197 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Qualifying Paper
MTL 390 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Reading for Orals
MTL 399 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Tutorial, Senior Year
PHIL 196 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Courses: 
Feminist Theories and Methods Across the Disciplines
FEMGEN 103, FEMGEN 203, PHIL 153, PHIL 253 (Win)
Philosophy, Biology, and Behavior
PHIL 167B, PHIL 267B (Spr)
Independent Study Courses: 
Directed Reading
FEMGEN 195 (Spr)
Graduate Independent Study
MTL 398 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Individual Work for Graduate Students
PHIL 240 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Individual Work, Undergraduate
PHIL 197 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Qualifying Paper
MTL 390 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Reading for Orals
MTL 399 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Tutorial, Senior Year
PHIL 196 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Publications
Foregrounding the Background PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE Longino, H. 2016; 83 (5): 647-661
Foreword VALUES AND NORMS: SCIENCE AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY IN INDIA edited by Raina, R. S. Orient Blackswan. 2015; 1
Legacies of Positivism in the Philosophy of Science 14th Cary Conference on Linking Ecology and Ethics for a Changing World Longino, H. E. SPRINGER. 2013: 207–217
Studying Human Behavior Longino, H. E. University of Chicago Press. 2013
The Fate of Knowledge Longino, H. E. Princeton University Press. 2002
Science as Social Knowledge Longino, H. E. Princeton University Press. 1990
Lessons from Teaching The Structure of Scientific Revolutions HISTORICAL STUDIES IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES Longino, H. E. 2012; 42 (5): 542-544
Feminist Epistemology at Hypatia's 25th Anniversary HYPATIA-A JOURNAL OF FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY Longino, H. 2010; 25 (4): 733-741
Navigating the Social Turn in Philosophy of Science FILOZOFIA Longino, H. E. 2009; 64 (4): 312-323
Circles of Reason: Some Feminist Reflections on Reason and Rationality EPISTEME-A JOURNAL OF INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIAL EPISTEMOLOGY Longino, H. 2005; 2 (1): 79-88
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